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Indie Metroidvania Mysplaced looks about as close to Zelda: Link's Awakening as you can get

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Indie Metroidvania Mysplaced surfaced as part of IGN's Rogue Jam funding competition and immediately sparked critical comparisons to The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, which developer Clearskygames proudly references.

Soheyl Ghiami, half of the studio's two-person team – with the other member being his wife – discussed the game's origins and ambitions in a video from IGN.

Mysplaced tells the story of "a hero who finds himself in a world that he doesn't belong to," Ghiami explained. "Soon he starts getting clues that he's misplaced in this world.

The objective for the hero is to find a way out of this world, and at the same time, there is another objective for players to discover – the mystery of why the hero is misplaced."  Even the plot summary smacks somewhat of Link's titular and mysterious awakening, and Ghiami was quick to acknowledge the overlap with Zelda: "[This was inspired] by the Legend of Zelda game series, the look and feel of it, but it's different from what you see in Zelda," he said. "Mysplaced is a Metroidvania game, it's not linear.

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